Arts Derbyshire

Artist profile


I was born in Derbyshire in 1966 and have lived most of my life here, except for 5 years in St Ives Cornwall where I had a studio at the Gaolyard and worked for the Tate, facilitating art workshops with families.
I am an artist who loves drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.
I studied art at school but didn’t discover ceramics until university in my degree for sustainable design, where I specialised in making sculpture from a local brick clay.
I always endeavour to work sustainably and I am now using paper clay for my sculptures and choosing single firing whenever I can, drawing and painting on the fired ceramic instead of glazing.
Family is very important to me and this theme is present in my artwork, it portrays the constancy of my family in my sometimes unpredictable life.
My work has changed since I suffered domestic abuse and highlighting this has now become my focus.
I have recently exhibited paper clay torso sculptures at the Tate Modern (2019) in a staff biennale, and for a social exhibition highlighting gender violence.
I have taught ceramics alongside my practice including workshops for over 300 people at Kirstie Alsop’s Handmade Fair.

Creative Genre

  • Crafts: All crafts, Ceramics
  • Visual art: All visual art, 3D, Mural, Public art, Sculpture
  • Additional work: Participatory Arts

Work Undertaken

  • Commissions
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops
  • Public art

Work in Education

  • Ceramic workshops
  • sculpture
  • murals
  • printing
  • painting and drawing


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